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Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's concept for life that has been exposed to what he terms the structure of exception that constitutes contemporary biopower. The term originates in ...

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory

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2010

...life lived. Bare life refers then to a conception of life in which the sheer biological fact of life is given priority over the way a life is lived, by which Agamben means its possibilities and potentialities. Suggestions made in 2008 by Scotland Yard and the Institute for Public Policy Research in Britain that children as young as five should be DNA typed and their details placed in a database if they exhibit behavioural signs indicating future criminal activity is a perfect example of what Agamben means by bare life. It reduces the prospects of the life of...

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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2018

...life lived. Bare life refers then to a conception of life in which the sheer biological fact of life is given priority over the way a life is lived, by which Agamben means its possibilities and potentialities. Suggestions made in 2008 by Scotland Yard and the Institute for Public Policy Research in Britain that children as young as five should be DNA typed and their details placed in a database if they exhibit behavioural signs indicating future criminal activity is a perfect example of what Agamben means by bare life. It reduces the prospects of the life of...

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Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's concept for life that has been exposed to what he terms the structure of exception that constitutes contemporary biopower. The term originates in Agamben's ...
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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2016
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Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
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1,916 words
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Oxford University Press

...form because of that interchangeability. But me is much more common today in a sentence like that one. Ernest Gowers gave sound advice here: “The prepositional use of than is now so common colloquially ( He is older than me; they travelled much faster than us ) that the bare subjective pronoun in such a position strikes the readers as pedantic, and it is better either to give it a more natural appearance by supplying it with a verb or to dodge the difficulty by not using an inflective pronoun at all” ( FMEU2 at 620). Following are several good...

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2016
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Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
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2,035 words
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Oxford University Press

... 164, 167 ( 1950 ). • “The peculiarities of legal English are often used as a stick to beat the official with .” Ernest Gowers , Plain Words: Their ABC 13 ( 1954 ). • “In the structure of the ‘coherent sentence,’ such particles are necessary, and, strip the sentence as bare as you will, they cannot be entirely dispensed with .” G.H. Vallins , The Best English 30 ( 1960 ). • “Poetry, as Dr. Johnson said, is untranslatable and hence, if it is good, preserves the language it is written in .” Anthony Burgess , A Mouthful of Air 156 ( 1992 ). • ...

South Asian Genealogy

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The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History (2 ed.)

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2009
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History, Local and Family History
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Oxford University Press

...procedure in accordance with the Christian Marriage Act 1892 . With the exception of Azad Kashmir, all zones of Pakistan make divorce subject to forms of arbitration. In Azad Kashmir the ‘bare talaq ’, a form of divorce in which a husband can sever a relationship with a triple declaration of the phrase ‘I divorce thee’, still has practitioners. The oral quality of the bare talaq decree may make a paper trail difficult to find. Civil courts can grant Christians a divorce in Pakistan, and copies of a specific case ruling can be obtained from the court. Many...

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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5,344 words
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Oxford University Press

...a good ‘second eleven’. In keeping with gentlemen-amateur traditions, these composers appeared to lack the visionary single-mindedness which activated their continental contemporaries. Though they were no feebler than their immediate predecessors, their limitations were now laid bare by contrast: creative impotence was openly mocked by fecundity throughout Europe. Only such craftsmen as Broadwood, Dodd, and Tubbs, and a few performers, particularly women, were truly fit to join the newly exalted company of musicians [ see *women musicians and composers ]....

Women Local and Family Historians

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The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History (2 ed.)

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2009
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History, Local and Family History
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5,407 words
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Oxford University Press

...and Their Posterity ( 1930 ). Practicalities were characteristically in the forefront of her mind, causing her often to cast ‘a lingering thought after the old family when I move about their kitchen’. Another remarkable example of a pedigree, showing determination to breathe life into bare names, is that of the Tempest family of Broughton, Craven, Yorkshire, by Eleanor Blanche Tempest ( 1873–1928 ). On every large page of the family tree, documents are summarized in minuscule handwriting beside the names (British Library, Add. MS 40670). Women have frequently...

Phrasal Adjectives

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2016
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Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
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2,154 words
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Oxford University Press

...to launch Dimension Films, a division devoted to the revenue-producing horror- and teen-movie market.” Ken Auletta , “Beauty and the Beast,” New Yorker , 16 Dec. 2002 , at 65, 75. • “It was a four- or five-times-a-year indulgence, if that.” Arthur Miller , “The Bare Manuscript,” New Yorker , 16 Dec. 2002 , at 82, 85. Occasionally writers omit the hyphens, resulting almost invariably in readers’ puzzlement—e.g.: “They lived in the small city of Apopka, Florida, located in the fern and foliage growing region [read instead in the fern- and...

Historic Churches

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The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
5,400 words
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Oxford University Press

...for social purposes. For centuries, the parish church served also as a village hall, a centre of social life, and the administrative centre for much †local government ( see the poor ; chapel‐of‐ease ; churchwardens’ accounts ; parish registers ). The interiors of medieval parish churches were very different in appearance from what they are now. The first impression upon entering would have been of a blaze of colour. Instead of being bare stone, the walls would have been plastered over and decorated with paintings, which were used both for devotional...

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